Archives for November 1, 2017

zulily and Penguin Random House Host Interactive Book Fair to Benefit Communities Impacted by Recent Hurricanes Online Retailer Celebrates National Family Literacy Month with Select Holiday Purchases Benefitting First Book

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The start of the holidays marks the season for giving. This season, zulily, the online retailer obsessed with bringing special finds to its customers every day, is teaming up exclusively with Penguin Random House to help those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

zulily is kicking off National Family Literacy Month this November with its first-ever interactive book fair, running now through December 10. Six sales events will feature a curated selection of children books, and each book purchased will trigger a donation from Penguin Random House to First Book. First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books and other essentials to children in need, is aiding teachers, students and schools affected by the recent hurricanes.

“We recognize that many of our customers know someone or have been personally affected by the devastation incurred from the hurricanes this year,” said Kerry Gibson-Morris, VP of Home, Hardlines & Licensing at zulily. “We understand that these major storms can disrupt children’s learning and academic performance, and through our partnership with Penguin Random House and support of First Book, we hope we can provide children, teachers and schools the tools to succeed during these challenging recovery times.”

“Penguin Random House is committed to fostering a universal passion for reading and providing access to books in the communities and schools of parents and children who need them most. Through our partnership with zulily we’re able to expand and extend our ongoing relief efforts through our longtime partner, First Book, by providing up to 25,000 books during this important time of need,” said Jaci Updike, President of Sales of Penguin Random House U.S.

“Educators have shared heart-breaking stories of students, families and fellow teachers who have lost their homes and belongings, as well as entire school libraries now destroyed by flooding or mold,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book.  “The support of zulily, zulily’s customers and Penguin Random House will bring treasured books to these communities, enabling educators to restore learning in their classrooms, and providing a lifeline of hopes and dreams for students and their families.  It means the world to all of us.”

Customers can shop the ongoing interactive book fair via the “Buy One, Give One” badge highlighted on the website and on featured books found in select events. Each week zulily fans can visit zulily’s owned social channels to activate a call to action, through comments or shares to spark the “Give One” donation from Penguin Random House to First Book. For example, a donation will be made when fans comment on zulily’s Facebook post about their favorite childhood stories.

To help those affected by the hurricanes visit zulily.com, and zulily’s social pages: FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

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About zulily, llc

zulily (http://www.zulily.com) is a retailer obsessed with bringing customers special finds at incredible prices every day. zulily features an ever-changing, always delightful collection of clothing, home décor, toys, gifts and more –– for the whole family. Unique products from up-and-coming brands are featured alongside favorites from top brands, giving customers something new to discover each morning. zulily was launched in 2010 and is headquartered in Seattle with offices in Ohio, Nevada and Pennsylvania. zulily has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA) since October 2015.

About Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, is dedicated to its mission of nourishing a universal passion for reading by connecting authors and their writing with readers everywhere. The company, which employs more than 10,000 people globally, was formed on July 1, 2013, by Bertelsmann and Pearson, who own 53 percent and 47 percent, respectively. With nearly 250 independent imprints and brands on five continents, Penguin Random House comprises adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses in more than 20 countries worldwide, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, India, South Africa, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Portugal, and Uruguay. With over 15,000 new titles, and close to 800 million print, audio and eBooks sold annually, Penguin Random House’s publishing lists include more than 60 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

About First Book 
First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, First Book is creating equal access to quality education — making everything from brand-new, high-quality books and educational resources, to sports equipment, winter coats, snacks, and more – affordable to its member network of more than 325,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 170 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 3 million children every year and supports more than one in four of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving children in need. With an additional 1,000 educators joining each week, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in the United States exclusively serving kids in need.

Eligible educators, librarians, providers, and others serving children in need can sign up at firstbook.org/register. For more information, please visit firstbook.org or follow the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

 Self Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and some form of compensation has been received. Images and Information were also provided.

Ruby’s Diner Thanks Veterans and Military with Free Meal

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Ruby’s Diner would like to thank service men and women for their dedication and service to our country this Veterans Day. All veterans and active duty members of the military are invited to enjoy a Ruby’s adult entrée on the house on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at participating locations. The complimentary meal options include a Two Eggs Combo Breakfast with a choice of thick-cut bacon, turkey bacon, lean country ham, club sausage links, veggie sausage or turkey sausage (available until 11:30 a.m.); or the Classic Ruby Burger topped with crisp lettuce, tomato, RubySauce and choice of double thick American cheese, Swiss, cheddar, bleu cheese, pepper jack or low-fat American cheese (available open to close).

WHEN:

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Valid for dine-in only.

Complimentary Two Eggs Combo (valued up to $9.99) available open to 11:30 a.m.

Complimentary RubyBurger & Fries (valued up to $9.99) available open to close.  

 

 

VALID FORMS OF MILITARY IDENTIFICATION:

U.S. Uniform Services ID card

U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID card

Current Leave and Earnings Statement

Veterans Organization Card (American Legion, VFW)

Photograph in uniform

Wearing uniform

DD214

Citation or Commendation

Military Dog Tags

WHERE:

Participating Ruby’s Diner Locations
*Offer may vary by location
Anaheim: 1128 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, CA 92805. 714.635.7829
Ardmore: 5 Coulter Ave., Ardmore, PA 19003. 610.896.7829
Cabazon – Morongo: 49000 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, CA 92230. 951.849.3850

Carlsbad: 5630 Paseo Del Norte, #130D, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Corona del Mar: 2305 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, CA 92625. 949.673.7829

Costa Mesa – South Coast Plaza: 3333 Bear St. at South Coast Plaza – Suite 120, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. 714.662.7829

Citadel: 100 Citadel Drive, #222, Los Angeles, CA 90040. 323.382.7829323.382.7829

Glen Mills – Brinton Lake: 919 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA 19342. 610.358.1983

Huntington Beach: #1 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648. 714.969.7829

Irvine: 4602 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604. 949.552.7829

Irvine Spectrum: 505 Spectrum Center Drive in Irvine Spectrum. 949.753.7829

Laguna Beach: 30622 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651. 949.497.7829

Laguna Hills: 24155 Laguna Hills Mall #1636, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. 949.588.7829

Long Beach: 6405 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90803. 562.596.1914
Mission Viejo: 258 The Shops at Mission Viejo, CA 92691. 949.481.7829

Oceanside: 1 Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, CA 92054. 760.433.7829

Orange: 186 N. Atchison St., Orange, CA 92866714.639.7829

Palm Springs: 155 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. 760.406.7829
Redondo Beach: 245 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. 310.376.7829
San Clemente: 101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, CA 92672

San Diego – Mission Valley Mall: 1640 Camino Del Rio N., #360P, San Diego, CA 92108. 619.294.7829

San Juan Capistrano: 31781 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. 949.496.7829
Tustin: 13102 Newport Ave., Tustin, CA 92780
Yorba Linda: 21450 Yorba Linda Boulevard, Yorba Linda, CA 92887. 714.779.7829.

Credit: Ruby’s Diner.

Family Friendly Carlsbad is the place to visit! Don't forget that there's still time for your child to enter to become Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia!

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Were you able to attend the Carlsbad Kidifornia Beach Party? It was a blast!

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Photo Credit: (above photos) Visit Carlsbad. 

If you are looking for a great place to visit with the family? Carlsbad is a wonderful place to visit! I had the opportunity to stay at the West Inn & Suites and this is such a friendly hotel with great service! My son and I had a wonderful visit there!

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There are so many family-friendly things you can do in Carlsbad from taking a quick bike ride in the Carlsbad Village with Pedego to just going down to the beach and looking at the waves! One of our favorite things to do was to visit the Museum of Music Making! This is a smaller museum but the tour was very interesting and we really enjoyed our visit there!

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We learned about instruments that we were familiar with but we also learned about instruments that we had never heard of! Another must visit place is Choice Superfood Bar & Juicery! I had an amazing smoothie there and my son really liked a Lavender Almond Milk drink!

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We didn’t venture to Legoland this visit but as you know, SoCal City Kids loves Legoland and featured this past Summer!

If you missed the Kidifornia Beach Party…don’t forget there’s still time for your child to enter to become the next Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia!

Does your Kid want to be the  Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia? This really sounds like a cool opportunity! Carlsbad will be the first city in Kidifornia to organize its own government, and lobby to become the capital of Kidifornia! It’s super easy to apply!

All you have to do is create a maximum 1-minute video of your kid expressing what he or she most enjoys about the city, showing why he or she should be the Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia.

Parents…please read the Terms & Conditions to participate (no purchase is necessary). If you are a Kid and reading …please get your parent’s permission but hurry! Deadline is November 12th! 

Here are the rest of the directions:

STEP 2: Ready, set, film!

  1. Study your itinerary: Think about which activities you like the most, filming those experiences you most enjoy.
  2. Prepare your equipment: Make sure you’re using a fully charged device and that you bring your charger on your excursions just in case.
  3. Think about how you’ll film: Before you press record, take a look this helpful “how to film” video prepared by UrLife’s Hollywood-film editing pro’s. Tips include:
  • Hold your phone camera horizontal
  • Keep the sun behind you
  • Use movement when filming (Pull back/Pan over/Scroll down/Pull and Push in)
  • Framing (keep backgrounds in mind, connect subjects to background, get in front to see faces)
  • Retry and repeat if necessary!
  • Add an interview and commentary
  • Frame your actors like stars!
  • Include the behind the scenes (airports, transportation, breakfasts!)
  • Signage (streets, hotels, the Carlsbad sign!)
  • Bookends (an introduction and a close to your film, offered by you!)

STEP 3: Edit your film and share!

Tell your story of your trip to Carlsbad, editing the great footage into a short film showing how you enjoyed the destination and why YOU should be named MAYOR OF CARLSBAD, KIDIFORNIA! Upload your video before November 12th to Instagram or Facebook, simply with the hashtag #MiniMayorCarlsbad and #VisitCarlsbad, to enter the competition.

STEP 4: Win an awesome prize!

The winner will get a package for your family including two nights at West Inn & Suites, dinner for four at Bistro West, lunch for four at Grubby’s and four park passes to LEGOLAND!

Self Disclosure: I participated in a media visit to facilitate this post. Compensation was also provided. Top images Photo Credit: Visit Carlsbad. All other photos: SoCal City Kids.